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The Third Rule – Selling my Soul

Just into its third day, so I thought it appropriate to share how it’s doing out there in the big wide world. In two words: very well. In three: very well indeed.


When the Beatles ‘cracked’ America, it seemed the world had lost its marbles. There were scenes of youths passing out after being starstruck, of crowds running to catch a glimpse of their new heroes, of queues a mile long anywhere Beatles merchandise was for sale, or anywhere they were playing.

This has not happened to The Third Rule or to its author.

But in my own small way, I have cracked America. For two consecutive days, The Third Rule has sat on the top step in the Police Procedurals category and briefly peeked inside the elite world of the top 100 overall. So far nearly three thousand people have clicked ‘Buy it now’, and to each one of those three thousand, I say thank you – this little author is indebted.


In the UK, The Third Rule has been inside that sub-100 club for several days, and let me tell you, the company here is terrific.

So far the paperback sales have left a little to be desired. I have ordered more than the worldwide public. And I only ordered three! But that’s fine; to know it’s there if anyone should choose is just dandy. It’s a large book (6” x 9”), and it weighs only slightly less than a house. But let me tell you, it looks great on the shelf.

But am I selling my soul? I hear often that people have ‘To Be Read’ books on their ereader that number in the thousands. They see a freebie and dive on it – owt for nowt, eh? I personally hate having a large TBR file because I then feel pressurised by the OCD part of me to clean the damned thing up. But I understand this mentality: there are some wonderful books out there, and the authors are giving them away!


Well, as everyone else who sells their soul, I only hope that some of those books are read, and some of them go on to buy the rest of the books in the series. This has happened, and I pat myself on the back (not easy) for employing such a cunning strategy. And really, with so many authors using this technique, it’s become impossible to break away from it. It’s often the only technique available.


So yes, I am selling my soul, but I hope to spread the word, and I hope that people eventually get around to reading The Third Rule because, like every other author who plies their wares, I put my heart and soul into those words and would love the chance to do more of it.

The Third Rule – giveaway

On Friday 6th February, I will launch the new Eddie Collins short story The Lift. It’ll be free to download. TheLift_Front_v1.3_Size_ThumbnailLarge

To coincide with this giveaway, I intend making The Third Rule – The Complete Story, free to download for five full days. The Third Rule is to date, my magnum opus, and stands at over a thousand pages, 260 thousand words. I don’t intend to make this book free again.

I hope you will read The Third Rule and find out for yourself how I perceived British justice to be in the near future, remembering it was conceived almost eleven years ago. Several aspects of that future have indeed come true, but I hope the main theme, capital punishment, remains totally fictional.

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Perhaps you’ll agree with The Rules to an extent, forcing those who make crime their living, pay for their own counsel, and pay back into a fund to compensate victims of crime?

We mustn’t forget that The Third Rule is predominantly a story about a CSI, Eddie Collins, but also features a small cast of secondary characters, each with their own story to tell, who happen to live amid this intriguing and disturbing background.

Anyway, it will be interesting to note how Eddie has changed during the intervening years. Of course, during those years we can see his development in Black by Rose, and hopefully to be released later this year, Sword of Damocles.

If you do download and read The Third Rule, I would love to hear your reaction.

In the meantime, here is the blurb and a link to your own country’s Amazon site:

“If you want to kill serious crime, you have to kill serious criminals.” 

Propelled by a wave of atrocities, a new government surges to power and introduces a severe code of punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied. The Rules slaughtered truth and justice, and innocent people too. 

One of those innocent people is Christian Ledger, a talented artist charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ‘slaughterhouse’ because no one will listen; certainly not the police who just scored another hit. Is the secret he carries enough to save his life? 

CSI Eddie Collins, a reluctant hero with one failed suicide attempt behind him, suddenly wants to live when the police hunt him for shooting a colleague. Now he’s on the government’s list too, and he’s running. But they’re gaining.